April 26th, 1986, Pripyat, USSR, 1:25:58 AM local time

I’ve had an opportunity to dinner with a nuclear scientist on Saturday. He works as one of the technical safety managers (or somesuch) for Atomic Energy of Canada Limited at Chalk River in Deep River, Ontario. We ended up talking about reactor safety, and I’ve mentioned a curious paragraph from RMBK-1000 (Реактор Большой Мощности Канальный) […]

Небо на Земле

Юрий Шевчук, солист DDT, с альбома Акустика Jurij Shevchuk, lead singer of rock group DDT, in live solo acoustic concert. (Rest of album is here) This song actually taxes my Engrish. I am looking at it, and scratching my head, as I have no idea even how to start translating it. I’ve fed this text […]

Spamcop lists gmail SMTP servers as spam servers

A while ago I ranted about automated spam filtering. Here is yet another example of utter idiocy of some people. Spamcop report for, aka nproxy.gmail.com currently states: listed in bl.spamcop.net ( If there are no reports of ongoing objectionable email from this system it will be delisted automatically in approximately 2 hours. Same […]

Estonian Punk-Rock

One of the more musically advanced comrades introduced me to Estonian punk-rock today. Well, what passes for punk-rock in Estonia. Vennaskond. People who are interested in what “anarchist resistance” sounds like in Estonian should click on “SISENE” on the index page to actually load the site, and then on “MP3″ to get to the list […]


Just in case I need to analyze kernel crash dumps under Solaris SPARC ever again, this is CTEact, the infamous act tool. Dave doesn’t let me upload anything but the pictures and movies (heh!), so this will have to be renamed apropriately. CTEact 7.17 SPARC, covers Solaris 2.5 through to 8 CTEact 8.2 SPARC, covers […]


Just some JTAG related randomness, considering that I’ve touched on it in previous post. Linksys WRT54Gx Linksys WRT54G and WRT54GS have JTAG headers on motherboard. It is possible to solder on the pins into the header on the motherboard, and build a Wiggler style cable to re-flash the bootloader, if you ended up hoseing it. […]


In my previous post I’ve waxed lyrical about IEEE 1275 standard, also known as Open Firmware. Comrades in the field pointed me towards OpenBIOS project, a GPL licensed implentation of Open Firmware. Currently, it seems like it is almost useful by mere mortals, as long as mere mortals have supported motherboard, and want to boot […]


My first Sun system was a Sun 3/260, that was surplus from DND. Based on what I understand, it was a screw-up on DND’s part, as while the system lacked hard drives, it still was Tempest shielded (and general public is not supposed to gain access to Tempest shielded gear). It wasn’t a “normal” Sun3 […]